Joey M. Martin is a musician regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry, and passionate enthusiasm for the choral art. He is professor of music at Texas State University-San Marcos and serves as the Associate Director for the School of Music and Director of Choral Activities teaching graduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Martin has been recognized as a Favorite Professor at Texas State as well as the School of Music Professor of Distinction both in Teaching and Service. During his time at Texas State he has directed four of the six university choirs. Choirs under his direction have appeared at the Southwest Division of ACDA, the International Kodàly Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and National Endowment for the Arts. During the summer of 2005 he traveled with Texas State Chorale giving concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, and Prague. In 2007 he returned to Europe with VocaLibre for a week of shared learning at the Slovakian National Conservatory in Bratislava.
In addition to his work at Texas State, Dr. Martin has served as the artistic director for the Alamo City Men’s Chorale and is currently music director for historic First Protestant Church (New Braunfels, TX). He joins Craig Hella Johnson and Michelle Schumann to form the creative team for the Victoria Bach Festival. His schedule is filled with engagements as guest conductor/clinician throughout the US, Europe, South Africa, and England. Recent engagements include conducting the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Women’s Honor Choir, Conducting Professor for the Transient Glory Choral Symposium and Festival at NYU, and conductor for Honor Choir USA in Honolulu, Hawai’i. As a pianist, he also enjoys collaborating with vocal artists in recitals serving as coach/accompanist for such diverse artists are Jennie Olson, Maria Jette, Timothy Jones, Cheryl Parrish, and Juli Wood.
Dr. Martin received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Texas-Austin where he studied conducting with Craig Hella Johnson, piano with Betty Mallard, and voice with Martha Deatheridge. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/Choral) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he studied voice with Dr. Charles Chapman and piano with Dr. James Breckenridge.
Jonathan Babcock is a respected choral musician, educator and clinician throughout the United States. He has been privileged to work with such artists as Stephanie Blythe, Carol Meyer, Matthew Garrett, Anton Belov and recent Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, in such esteemed venues as The Tilles Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. Working as an advocate for contemporary choral music, he has overseen the commissioning of new works by composers such as Paul Moravec, David Del Tredici, Mark Miller and Stephen Paulus.
Dr. Babcock is an assistant professor at Texas State University where he conducts the University Singers and Men’s Choir. In addition he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Babcock served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Under his direction the Conservatory Chamber Choir performed at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference in 2005 and performed a concert tour of China as part of the opening celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Dr. Babcock received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he studied conducting with Brock MacElheran and voice with Patricia Misslin; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he studied conducting with Paul Oakley and Edward Bolkovac.
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University. She was the President for MENC: The National Association for Music Education during 2008-2010. Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, she received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding faculty. Other awards include the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Brinckmeyer is a contributing author in The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program and The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder of the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas and serves as the Artistic Director. The Hill Country Youth Chorus presented a joint concert with the Austin Children’s Chorus and the Grammy Award winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel.
Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Dr. Brinckmeyer has conducted all state choirs, honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-seven states in the United States and eleven countries, including China and South Africa.